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Donald Trump speaks like a sixth grader: Study
New York : Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump may have mesmerised his fans with provocative speeches but researchers have found that in terms of use of words and grammar, he can be compared to a sixth grader.
 
Most presidential candidates in the US are using words and grammar typical of students in grades six to eight, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others, the study said.
 
For the study, the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) did a readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches.
 
A historical review of their word and grammar use suggests that all five candidates in the analysis -- Republicans Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio (who has since suspended his campaign), and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders -- have been using simpler language as the campaigns have progressed, the researchers said.
 
Again, Trump is an outlier, with his grammar use spiking in his Iowa Caucus concession speech and his word and grammar use plummeting again during his Nevada Caucus victory speech, according to the study.
 
A comparison of the candidates with previous presidents showed president Abraham Lincoln outpacing them all, boasting grammar at the 11th grade level, while president George W. Bush's fifth grade grammar was below even that of Trump.
 
"Assessing the readability of campaign speeches is a little tricky because most measures are geared to the written word, yet text is very different from the spoken word," said one of the researchers Maxine Eskenazi in an official statement.
 
"When we speak, we usually use less structured language with shorter sentences," Eskenazi noted.
 
The researchers used a readability model called REAP, which looks at how often words and grammatical constructs are used at each grade level.
 
Based on vocabulary, campaign trail speeches by past and present presidents -- Lincoln, Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama -- were at least on the eighth grade level, while the current candidates ranged from Trump's seventh grade level vocabulary to Sanders' 10th grade level. 
 
In terms of grammar, the current candidates generally had scores between sixth and seventh grades, with Trump just below sixth grade level, the study said.
 
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Bharti Airtel to buy Videocon's spectrum in six circles
New Delhi : Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it will acquire Videocon Telecom's radio frequency spectrum in six circles for Rs.4,428 crore in yet another deal after the government liberalised the trading and sharing of scarce airwaves among operators.
 
"Bharti Airtel has entered into a definitive agreement with Videocon Telecommunications Limited to acquire, at an aggregate consideration of Rs.4,428 crore, the rights to use 2x5 MHz spectrum in the 1,800 MHz Band," the company said in a regulatory filing.
 
The six circles are Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West) and Gujarat. The spectrum allocation in these circles is valid till December 18, 2032.
 
This deal came a day after Idea Cellular terminated its spectrum trading agreement with Videocon Telecom for its Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) circle. Bharti Airtel's stocks were trading at Rs.348.40 per share in the BSE, up 2.58 percent, at 12.40 p.m.
 
Earlier, Reliance Communications had announced that it has signed a deal for trading and sharing of airwaves with Jio in the 800 MHz band, covering virtually the entire country. A roaming deal was also on the cards.
 
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SBI starts auction of Mallya's assets, cars
Mumbai : In an attempt to recover dues from business tycoon Vijay Mallya, the State Bank of India on Thursday initiated e-auction of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) headquarters Kingfisher House and other movable assets, officials said here.
 
The prime property Kingfisher House, situated near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, measures around 17,000 sq feet and is being auctioned with a base price of Rs.150 crore.
 
A banner inviting bids for the e-auction was put up outside the building. Bids can be submitted till April 4. The actual auction will take place on April 6.
 
Besides, e-auction has been initiated for selling nine high-end cars like two Honda City EXi, a Honda Civic, two Toyota Camry, a Toyota Innova, a Toyota Corolla, a Hyundai Elantra and a Hyundai Santro Zip.
 
Other movable assets up for grabs include office furniture and fittings, air-conditioners and other items in the Kingfisher House.
 
The e-auction is being carried out jointly by SBICAPS Trustee Co Ltd, a subsidiary of SBI Caps through AuctionTiger.
 
Mallya owes around Rs.9,000 crore to SBI and a consortium of 17 Indian banks and the Kingfisher House was acquired by SBI a year ago in a bid to recover its dues from the defaulter Mallya, who is currently abroad.
 
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